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Every game against a divisional foe is reminiscent of a playoff game for the Buffalo Bandits with how close the East Division standings are. Buffalo entered the weekend as one of four teams tied atop the division at 7-7. Saturday's foe, the New England Black Wolves, sat a half game behind the pack at 6-7. "That one was a must-win for us," Bandits forward Josh Byrne said…

Bandits

Forward Mitch Jones was barely a National Lacrosse League player when the Buffalo Bandits acquired him in a draft-day trade in 2013. He was a sophomore in college during his rookie season with the Washington Stealth, spending most of the year playing hockey at Northern Michigan University. He joined his NLL squad for the final three games of the year once his collegiate…

Bandits

Faceoff: 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Online: NLL TV. Radio: 1520 AM. Records: Buffalo 7-7, New England 6-7. Last time out: The Bandits put up their best offensive output of the season last Friday against New England, as they went on a 12-goal run in a 20-7 road victory. The Bandits' top producers had gaudy stat lines. Dhane Smith had two goals and six assists, Mitch Jo…

Bandits

The Buffalo Bandits snapped their four-game losing streak Friday, using a 12-goal run in the second half to down the New England Black Wolves, 20-7, at Mohegan Sun Arena. Buffalo (7-7) moved into a tie for first place in the East Division with New England (6-6) and the Toronto Rock (6-6). Dhane Smith led the Bandits with two goals and seven assists. Vaughn Harris sco…

Bandits

Faceoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Mohegan Sun Arena. Online: NLL TV. Radio: 1520 AM. Records: Buffalo 6-7, New England 6-5. Last time out: The Bandits lost a pair of games last weekend to push their losing streak to four games. The week started with a 16-10 home loss to the Saskatchewan Rush on Friday. Two days later, Georgia's Lyle Thompson scored five goals on Buffa…

Bandits

The Buffalo Bandits won a third straight game, surviving a comeback effort by the New England Black Wolves to win 18-13. With the win, the Bandits passed New England and the Toronto Rock to move into first place in the East Division entering tonight’s home game at KeyBank Center with the Georgia Swarm (7:30 p.m., Radio 1520). Buffalo’s Josh Byrne, who scored a career…